Speedway- 18 Jun 2017 Had 811 out at Oxford Speedway today
for a bit of testing. With the assitance of Greg Keegan we had some good pace in the car straight off.
Thanks so much to my team as usual: Glen, Casey, Pam and thanks heaps to Oxford Speedway.
I'm really looking forward to next season already.
Glen, Canterbury Championship - 28 Jan 2017 Tonight it was just Pam and I
heading out to the Glen and this time for the Canterbury Super
As soon as I looked at the track I reminded Trevor Elliott how
we both nearly broke the lap record around this time last season
when the track conditions appeared identical.
I guess that just put me in a good mindset too cos on track
for our first heat I passed several cars to advance from seventh
to third. It’s not often I get to pass Ray & Richie
so it was a good feeling to have 811 moving forward thru the
pack. On the last lap Trevor managed to snatch third place from
me but still wrapt with 4th in the classy thirteen car field.
The format was two more heat races to decide grids for the 20
lap championship deciding feature.
After suggesting he put on one of our team shirts, we were privileged
to have Adam from the BRT crew join us tonight and he got stuck
into making necessary setup changes to the car.
Heat two had 811 leaving from the front row on grid one. The
track had definitely changed but still looked favourable for
us. The changes we made to the car felt good, I felt confident
however I lost the start due to not wanting to get caught out
for jumping early by the officials. I just haven’t had
many front row starts recently and it seems I just gotta get
going and launch quicker without worrying about the grid two
car so much. Although I dropped back to third earlier in the
race it wasn’t long before I was dicing with Ian Burson
for the lead. Now this is new territory for myself and 811 as
well, I fought a good battle and even passed Ian to gain the
lead. Just when it looked like 811 was heading for a win, a
late caution and re-start gave both Ian and Trevor the opportunity
to press through on the last lap. Still stoked to be up near
the front and I’ll take that heats third place thanks
and I was very pleased with how Adam and I had virtually nailed
the setup on that one.
Last heat had us leaving from the rear of the field thirteenth
on the grid. Mid race Campbell McManaway and I had a nose to
tail when he braked hard mid-turn to avoid another car. This
resulted in a puncture for Campbell and re-arranged front bodywork
on 811 but for a change, no mechanical damage which saw us continue
in the race. I managed to make a few passes and the result was
a credible 8th.
After the points tally 811 was currently 5th overall so grid
five it was for the 20 lap feature. Now these one feature race
deals to decide championships have never favoured us in the
past but having said that I’m normally starting further
back in the grid and had we only done the three heat championship
format, 5th overall in the champs is all we would have got anyhow.
So Adam & I set about getting the car right for a slick
track and I decided to drive the low line as straight and fast
as possible. We battled away just behind the leaders and although
I passed Richie earlier on and then Ian it looked like we would
have to settle for 4th overall. At this stage Trevor was leading,
Richie was 2nd after getting by me again and Gavin Hill was
running 3rd. I struggled to keep in touch at times but was happy
to find out afterwards that there was daylight behind me as
well without any serious challengers. Now this is all new territory
especially in recent times but I will definitely take it. Glen,
Steve, Ian, Casey, Pam, we have all worked bloody hard on 811
often for very little reward other than the fun and to participate.
So on the last corner of the last lap when Gavin spun and I
shot through to grab 3rd place podium in the Canterbury Championship
it was a very deserving reward for the whole team. Disappointing
somewhat for Gavin I’m sure but very encouraging for myself
after so much effort to keep 811 reliable and on track.
It’s also very humbling to have the likes of Dennis Bolt,
Richie, Ian etc congratulating us on the result and I’m
sure it’s welcome reward for the many businesses who support
our racing too so I can’t thank them enough.
Where to from here? It’s rounds 3 & 4 of the Vertex
Super Cup this weekend at Central Motor Speedway in Cromwell.
Pam, Casey and Adam are all “keen as” so hopefully
we can try that little bit harder and not be Tailend Charlie
Speedway Invercargill - NZ Super Saloon Grand Prix, 14 Jan 2017
From one end of the country to the other
and all in pursuit of my racing addiction.
Just a quick write-up this one:
I flew into Invercargill to catch up with Paul & Connor
who had 811 all ready for action. Around 20 cars fronted for
this one with still many of the top cars in the country contending
the NZ GP. 811 went okay and I drove conservatively really.
Had another great dice with Mark Grocott during the heats too.
The feature was really dusty but I was stoked to come home 8th
overall for my best finish in a NZ event.
Gotta thank Paul & Connor for all the help and X
Factor Cars for their support. Awesome!
2016 - New Year 2017 Wow ... 9 race meetings in 13 days starting
Speedweek in Stratford and ending with the NZ Champs in
Cromwell. Thats a whole lotta racing and an absolute buzz :)
We completed the first 3 rounds of the Speedweek and had to
park up 222 due to an engine issue but we carried onto the remaining
rounds in support. Gotta thank Steve and Rachel from G.A.S.
Lewis Pass, Rob, Debbie, Mike and team from Autopro
Glenfield, Ian, Andrew and Casey. It was full on and a great
Then 1st January had Casey & I fly south to catch up with
Pam and 811 to race New Years Day in Cromwell then a few days
later compete in the NZ Super Saloon Champs.
We are struggling for outright speed but 811 finished the first
3 days of racing this year without any dnf's and apart from
tearing the new brake mounting off the diff the car remains
unscathed. I need to redesign that brake mounting again though
grrr. Had the pleasure of Paul & Crazy from team 21t helping
Ian & Casey with crew duties so they soon had the brake
issue sorted so we could carry on in the champs.
Congratulations to Pete Dickson, Richie Taylor & Shane McIntyre
for thei podiums in the championship.
Also gotta thank Graham & Kate from X
Factor Cars for having us stay again.
Next meeting for 811 is the NZ GP in Invercargill on 14th Jan.
See ya's there.
Cheers ... Flash.
Park Speedway Auckland - Xmas Special 17 Dec 2016 On Friday Steve and I flew up to Auckland
and headed out to the Autopro
workshop in Glenfield. We wanted to get the G.A.S. Lewis Pass
222 Monaro ready for a shake-down at Waikaraka Park Speedway
on the Saturday night. We fitted up some new tyres, made some
alterations to the car, changed all fluids and sorted a few
bits that we had left uncompleted over the winter.
I'd never raced at Waikaraka before so was really looking forward
to it too. A lot of cars turned up to get in a meeting prior
to the NZ Champs there late January.
First heat I was off the rear of the grid which suited me fine
to get dialed in, plus made a few passes later in the race.
Race two had 222 starting from grid one and I got away cleanly,
car felt good so I pressed on. However turn three, lap three
everything went pear shaped when the car just touched the cush,
I was pushing a little too hard causing the car to lift up,
bicycle and then land hard spearing the car into the steel pit
So although we were looking really good for a while that was
our night done and dusted right there with 222 sustaining a
lot of damage. I felt absolutely gutted for Steve and the whole
Auckland crew that had joined us.
The team worked well to get the car mobile then we headed straight
back to Autopro for damage assessment.
By the end of the weekend a huge amount of effort had gone in
by a bunch of great people and 222 was virtually raceable again.
This is really wicked cos it means we can still participate
in the Saloon
Speedweek throughout the North Island between Christmas
and New year.
Can't thank everyone enough for massive amount of work which
went in over the course of the weekend.
Steve (sorry I wreaked mate), Chawfy and all the team at Autopro
Next meeting is Boxing Day in Stratford for the first round
of the Saloon Speedweek. I've never raced on five out of the
six tracks we are about to face so certainly hope the wreaking
thing doesn't follow me around.
Meantime hope you have a great christmas from all of the team
at Nees Racing.
Glen, Vertex Super Cup Round 2 - 3 December 2016 Had Casey & Ian helping out for
this weekend for round 2 of the Vertex
Super Cup and this time at our home track here in Kaiapoi.
Started the day with 5 cars on display as part of the Kaiapoi
Carnival and Xmas Parade. That sparked up a lot of interest
and the evening was gonna be huge cos the annual firweorks was
re-scheduled for tonight as well.
811 started off okay actually finishing 7th in the first heat
but we couldn't work out was going on with erratic corner entry.
I put it down to incorrect pad compound after changing them
mid-week. And I noticed a graunching noise which we just couldn't
work out where it was coming from either.
Heat 2 and the night started heading downhill. I was still struggling
with the weird feeling car but going okay and moving forward.
However we had a tangle with another car which brought out the
caution and I was sent to the rear. A real tough call cos the
incident definitely wasn't my fault but anyhow took it on the
chin and moved on.
Third heat had 811 off the outside of the front row, was determined
to get the car turned in so wound on more rear brake. Turns
out that was fatal because the car just went straight ahead
and into the concrete causing a heap of suspension damage. Spent
the duration of the fireworks display repairing the car for
the 30 lap feature.
In this I dunno what the officials were thinking but they started
the race without warning and with cars spread right around the
track. We lost several places from the start and set about getting
into a rhythm even though the car was wounded and not set-up
well from the rushed repairs. Corner entry was still a problem
but straight line speed was exceptional which enabled us to
stay with the leaders albeit a lap down due to the weird race
So another lack lustre amount of points for 811 in the Vertex
Super Cup and a car which needs plenty of titivating and spare
parts replenished prior to the next meeting grrr!
Upon closer inspection on the wash pad on Sunday, the graunching
I'd heard was the inboard brake rotor mount splines being ground
away which left the car with virtually no rear brakes. And when
I tuned more rear brake into the car for that heat three start
all I was doing was removing brakes from the car completely
hence the crash dammit!
Next meeting is Waikaraka Park in Auckland on the 17th to test
the 222 Monaro before we head into the massive Valvoline Saloon
Speedweek. Looking forward to this one.
Cheers ... Flash
Glen Speedway, Kaiapoi - 19 Nov 2016 Saturday night saw 811 and the team at
the Glen where we raced a 3 heat deal to determine grids for
a 25 lap feature. Was looking forward to this too cos we had
a good grid draw starting the first heat from grid 4 right behind
My keenness soon dissipated at race start when the engine instantly
struggled to develop power and wouldn't rev.
Back in the pits, the fix was easy with flushing out the main
fuel filter. That will teach me for not sorting that over winter
Car was fine for the next two heats but the track cut up quite
a bit. I just tried some different lines but our small car just
doesn't like those sorts of conditions.
The 25 lap feature was a lot better for us and although we were
starting from the rear we had a reasonable run. Even battled
again with Fluffy for quite a few laps. 811 finished 8th overall
and not a scratch on the car so reasonably happy with that result.
Wanna thank Casey, Steve, Rachel and Rosie for all their help
over the weekend and at the track.
Next meeting for 811 is here at home for round 2 of the Vertex
Super Cup on 3rd Dec. See ya's there.
I also wanna mention that the Rod McLaren Memorial was raced
for at Riverside Speedway last night. Our good friend Graham
Williamson fought hard and came away with the win. Real cool
to see his name in the history books 11 years after we did the
same thing, awesome stuff and well done team 21t.
Cheers ... Flash
Speedway Invercargill, Vertex Super Cup Round 1 plus Southland
Super Saloon Champs - 4 & 5 Nov 2016 After a huge winter rebuild we made the
trek down to X
Factor Cars territory for our first race meeting for the
season. This was always going to be somewhat risky as the car
had not even been driven let alone raced since being re-assembled.
The engine was fresh, the gearbox had been reconditioned and
all the shocks were new but none of it had turned a wheel in
anger. Quite a recipe for disaster but I was confident the team
had done everything well and that the car would perform without
Friday night was round 1 of the Vertex
Super Cup and having been a huge part of the organisation
this year I was really pleased to see the event go so well.
Glen & Casey made up the team for this weekend plus we had
the assistance of Crazy Chris from X Factor Racing, thanks heaps
811 performed okay actually but when I went to grid up for heat
2 the gear linkages jammed. Then in our attempts to move the
car without the engine running I managed to strip the powersteer
actuator splines in the steering column. So we missed starting
a race which in this series is very costly poiints wise. It's
gonna take a lot of good work to get those vital points back
but I was very pleased that the steering failed in the pits
and not on the track, that could have been disastrous! Thankfully
we had a spare actuator and the gearbox issue was a simple fix
too. I had merely left two split pins out from the gear selector
rods. We continued on but never really got to grips with the
track and suffered from lack of rear grip/side bite with the
car being a little loose. However we finished all the races
we started without any damage which was very pleasing.
In fact I was stoked that my gearbox rebuild was so successful
as it's now better than it's ever been since we have owned the
Saturday night was the annual Southland Super Saloon Champs
plus fireworks. 22 of the best super saloon teams in the South
Island on hand to contest this. Two 15 lap heats to determine
grids for the 25 lap feature. I lost a couple of placings towards
the end of the first heat cos the car was just still too loose
and the track went slick real quickly. So we set about changing
a few things and the second heat ended up being the highlight
of our weekend. In this heat we had a great duel with Mark Grocott
and actually managed to get the better of him to can a podium
finish in third place. A lot of "high fives" after
that heat and I was very pleased along with a lot of our southern
supporters to finally get 811 performing at Riverside Speedway.
This put us starting the feature from grid 8 and managed to
finish 7th overall in the championship. What a great result
for us all and it could have been a lot better had I not lost
those first heat places. My aim is to finish top 10 wherever
possible this season so "tick the box" target met
in this one. Well done to local favourite Owen Dixon on taking
out the championship, a very popular win.
It was great to catch up with team X Factor and we are very
thankful for their hospitality and continued support.
Next meeting is Woodford Glen's BK weekend. See ya's all there.
Cheers ... Flash
Speedway, Saloon Showdown - Queens Birthday - June 2016 WOW ... what a fantastic weekend in the
far north. Gotta thank Steve and Rachel for inviting me to race
the G.A.S. Lewis Pass Monaro again. Can't thank you guys enough
and what a blast we all had :)
Pam, Casey & I had the luxury of flying up this time round
and the weather was great both days. The 222 Monaro ran faultlessly
all weekend and completed a total of 18 races in 3 different
classes. That's similar to running the car for 6 race meetings
but crammed into only 2 days !!!
Wanna thank everyone for the warm welcome and make mention of
Carole who loaned her Honda to Casey for the ladies races, great
I ran the 222 Monaro in the 6 heat Saloon Showdown. First heat
off the front and shot away to an easy win really. The problem
with that was the fact I hadn't actually raced against anyone
and probably left me unaware of just how quick everyone was
going. The rather narrow track made passing very difficult so
when starting at the rear of the grid it seemed like you were
locked into a freight train somehwhat. Albeit I still managed
a few passes over the weekend and just wanna shout out to the
track prep team, what a wicked surface of red clay to race on,
great job everyone involved.
The only real issue I had was when I was leading heat 4 on the
second day, we had changed the r/r tyre and it just didn't offer
grip at all. The car was very loose and I should have shut up
shop and cruised on the poleline. But no ... I just kept pushing
and the car swapped ends in lap 3 spinning to a stop dammit.
So back to the rear of the pack and set off again. This probably
cost us the championship win but hey, when presented 2nd overall
at the evening's prize giving we were all really stoked.
Casey also got a 3rd place prize for one of her heats which
was a bloody great effort.
Thanks heaps to Steve, Rachel, Pam, Casey, Phil, Michael, Roger,
Choffy, Debby, Steve 2, Roger 2 and anyone else who assisted
us over the weekend that I have forgotten to mention. We will
be back again next year for sure! So
that's it for this season and now we start the winter rebuild
of 811. Steve and I also have some tentative plans for the 222
Monaro so "Watch this Space!"
Cheers for now ... Flash
Park Speedway Greymouth, King of the Coast - 16 April 2016 Just when you think the season is done
and dusted, I get an invite to drive the 222 saloon at the annual
King of the Coast meeting. How could I pass that up? So we made
the trek over with our transporter and the 222 Monaro owned
by Steve and the Gas Lewis Pass team. Bit of a problem along
the way when the trailer destroyed a wheel bearing dammit. That
set us back a bit and we only just made it to the track and
rushed the car out of the trailer for the first heat.
So here I am in a car I've never driven before and rushed out
the pit gate for a championship heat LOL. Started from the rear
of the grid and after a couple of laps once I got used to the
handling got into it. Made my way up to 2nd but ran outta laps.
Engine lost power on that last lap too and it appears a head
gasket put pay to any chance of a championship placing. Bit
of a shame too cos the way the car was going it sure looked
like the car to beat on the day.
"That's Racing" but sick of hearing that so we are
hopeful to get another run in the 222 Monaro in a few weeks
time so "watch this space!"
Wanna thank Steve for the opportunity plus Dougal and Duncan
for helping Casey with the crewing duties.
Cheers ... Flash
Speedway - Easter Weekend - March 2016 Pam, Casey & I cruised down to Cromwell
for their Easter Super Saloon Stampede weekend. Plus we wanted
to spend time with the Williamson clan while showing our appreciation
of the massive support we have received from X
Factor Cars. We assisted the X Factor Racing crew by getting
Graham's 21T Mustang sorted as it had a misfire problem. However
I missed the set-up completely with 811. Our car suffered from
lack of rear grip the whole weekend and I never really got going
to the cars potential. I really need to get my head round how
the changed rear end can affect the car and the set-ups I need
to learn to sort it out. Anyhow the racing was quick all weekend
and we came away without wrecking anything or needing a tow-truck
Thanks to Crazy Chris for helping out on 811. Also wanna thank
Nigel & Julie for looking after us and Scott for the golf
So that's the season done and dusted for Nees Racing and 811.
Although the purchase of a new car for next season was being
considered I am encouraged that we can continue to develop this
chassis further. We will start on the winter rebuild now and
look forward to improving on what we have. Also have a few more
improvements I wanna incorporate into our transporter. It will
be a busy off-season as usual in the workshop so feel free to
call in for a chat, but ya just might get a job :) Plus keep
a casual eye on the workshop page
for updates over winter.
Cheers for now ... Flash
Glen, Battle of the Stocks - 19 March 2016 Tonight we were support class for the
annual Battle of the Stocks at Woodford Glen. The Battle of
the Stocks is the brainchild of the late Jeanette Bolt and has
become a very popular event with both superstock racers and
fans nationwide. So much so that there is often a waiting list
for drivers who wish to compete in the event. Tonights date
was also significant in that it would have been Dennis and Jeanette's
50th Wedding Anniversary so our thoughts were with Dennis and
Casey and I were joined by Shannon and her partner Cam to assist
with pitcrew duties for the evening. And I gotta say that they
all had an easy job of it because just for a change there wasn't
that much to do. I avoided tipping the car over and better still
didn't need the use of a towtruck the entire night :)
First race leaving from grid 5 was held up for a few laps but
eventually made the way to 3rd place but the leaders were well
off into the distance so still pleased to come home with the
3rd. Car felt really good too which goes to show just how well
the car was repaired in Napier after our huge roll.
Second race and 811 was starting from the rear of the grid.
At about half race distance I just managed to avoid a turn 1
crash and worked my way up to 4th place. However the race was
called before we got a chance to capatilise on our track position.
Last race of the night and we were leaving from grid 2 beside
Fluffy. Managed to hang with him briefly but just couldn't get
the car turning into turn 3 properly. It just kept understeering
and Fluffy took off into the distance. Several of the cars had
the same problem so although I struggled at that end of the
track we still came home in 2nd to finish the night on a high.
Thanks heaps to Casey, Cam & Shannon for the help although
not sure where you all were when washing 811 on Sunday morning?
Next meeting was to be Cromwell for Easter to defend our podium
place in their club championship and to try our luck at the
Stampede that we damn near won last season. However we have
been denied a release from our home track Woodford Glen :(
So TBA at this stage.
Cheers for now and have a great Easter everyone ... Flash
Speedway - NZ Champs 11-12 March 2016 Dunno where to start with this write
up cos it was an absolutely MASSIVE weekend. Firstly tho I would
like to thank Pam for putting up with me going away again for
yet another race meeting. This time for for 5 days and especially
since she had to receive the dredded phone call from Casey informing
of the roll-over plus put up with yet another earthquake while
I was away.
Okay so this time it was NZ Champs time in Napier. I had never
been to Meanee Speedway, let alone raced there so was looking
forward to the event and had no expectations at all but to have
fun and be part of the atmosphere that the NZ Championship meetings
Casey and I made the trek north and called in on family along
the way albeit briefly before heading to Napier where nearly
40 drivers/teams had entered to contest the NZ Champs.
We met up with Steve, Eddy, Wayne and Phil at John (Jumbo) Berrymans
where we crashed for the weekend, thanks heaps John.
Friday we spent a bit of time prepping for the nights qualifying.
As I mentioned, there were no expectations but just wanted to
enjoy the event. We were to be given a 4 lap practice but after
many laps of wheel packing and 1 attempt to get underway before
a car was into the wall, we were sent back into the pits. I
lined up for another attempt to take in a practice but was denied.
So that was the sum total of practice (one greasy lap) before
being thrown into the arena of qualifying heats. Heat 1: Off grid 6 and the car felt great with
plenty of side bite from our new rear end panhard set-up. We
have only just installed this and still a lot to learn with
setting up the car and driving to get the most out of it. Managed
to finish in 6th place albeit with the soon to be crowned 1NZ
nipping at the heels of 811. Heat 2: Started from grid 1 and it was immediately
apparent that we had the car far too tight. Lost a couple of
spots in the first 2 laps and 811 was just lifting the left
front far too easily. Rather than back off and cruise I made
the decision to drive harder to try inducing a bit of oversteer
in the turns. This worked once but the second time 811 bicycled
big time into turn 4 and then dug the R/F wheel into the dirt.
This sent the car into a one and a half roll with a skyward
pointing pirouette. Was informed later that I scored a 10 out
of 10 for degree of difficulty. Was immediately interviewed
on the infield before the race restarted and was informed I
was smiling so all good! This crash out did nothing for our
attempts to qualify tho and meant 811 missed out on any heat
3 points altogether. Not only that but Casey, Steve, Eddy and
myself also missed viewing a lot of the other heats/groups while
we replaced all the suspension, steering and wheels just to
get 811 mobile enough to load into the trailer. Through the
course of surveying the damage I was overwhelmed with the many
offers of support to assist with getting 811 repaired the next
day. It was great to see that camaraderie is still alive and
well within the speedway community. Saturday: We ventured off to Hastings and the
KPH Transport workshop to meet up with Superstock racer Mike
Groome. So thankful for organising the steam cleaner, wash bay
and workshop for our use Mike. Awesome stuff! Casey took all
the race gear off to launder due being oil soaked after the
roll-over (no I didn't s#!t myself) LOL. Steve and Eddy proved
to be invaluable and just got stuck into getting 811 stripped
down and ascertaining what needed to be done. I was stoked to
have more fellow racers turn up with parts and to help. Wayne
Andrews and Phil Maitland joined us all and we spent the whole
day repairing the car. Proparts had an aluminium radiator which
Tony worked his welding magic on. So wrapt that it worked out
mint too thanks Tony. Plus we replaced all the suspension that
got destroyed, Steve even making some new componentry along
the way. Wheels repaired, all new bodywork mounts made/repaired
and bodywork including new spoiler fitted up. Radiator mounts,
rear bumper, shocks, steering arms, track arms, top and bottom
suspension arms, the list goes on and on. All sorted and 811
looking absolutely mint by late afternoon.
So off to the track we ventured, all of us were shattered and
with virtually no spare parts left should we need any but all
still smiling :) What an absolutely fantastic effort by everyone
involved and I am so appreciative of all the assistance we got.
It's amazing to have received the support we did when so far
away from home and I am so thankful to everyone that gave up
their saturday to help us out. Finals Night: We knew we had a repechage to
contest but leaving from the rear of the grid with a fully repaired
car was always an unlikely success story (as opposed to last
year when we qualified by winning from the front row). Casey
and I took 811 out for the Grand Parade and it was very humbling
to see the crowd, officials and other drivers/teams clapping
and cheering for us and that 811 was back on track again. It
is a feeling that Casey and I will never forget.
811 finished 4th in this repechage which showed all the hard
yards had been well worth the effort cos the car felt really
good. Just the driver needed a bit of sorting so it was the
two non-qualifiers heats we were to contest for night. Heat 1: Mid pack start and although we were
involved in a bit of a bingle in turn 1 we still finished okay
in around 5th place and still grinning from ear to ear. Heat 2: And another mid-pack start but this
time it appeared others were starting to struggle somewhat while
we were still progressing with 811. I managed an outside pass
on Trevor plus an inside pass on Kane and by race end we crossed
the line in 3rd place. This resulted in 4th overall for the
non-qualifiers championship which was a welcome result for everyone
that put such a massive effort in earlier that day.
So very pleased that we have a car with a new lease of life.
And although the race season is drawing to a close I am extremely
encouraged again and want to continue this fun ride.
Thanks heaps to Meanee Speedway for such a fantastic event and
track. Shout out to everyone that helped us to repair 811 and
I appologise if I have missed anyone out. Thanks to: Mike & Tony of KPH Transport
John (Jumbo) Berryman
and of course Casey for her hard work and dedication.
The weekend was a BLAST! Cheers ... Flash Plus check out:
Square Photography's album (here)
Casey's video (here) Petrolfume Productions video (here)
Glen, Elf Super Cup Final - 27 February 2016 We put 811 on display at Jagger
& Co in Kaiapoi during the day before heading out to
the Glen for the final round of the Elf
Super Cup. It was great to finally be racing at our home
track after so many continuous weekends away.
Been a busy week getting the car ready so a huge thanks to Glen
and Steve. We have been working on making huge changes to the
rear suspension so that we can get some more mid-corner grip.
And after heading out for hot laps it was immediately obvious
that we are on the right track. The car hooked up big time,
so much so that I now need to re-learn how to set it up and
As for the racing on the night we decided to take it a little
easy and just drive to finish. Was enjoyable to drive a very
predictable car and we now need to look at gearing changes to
start getting more from our new rear end set-up. Had a great
dice in heat 2 with Josh Boulton and we challenged for his spot
several times. Also had a great dice with Paddy North in the
25 lap feature. So we finished all three races for the night
plus we didn't need a tow truck. Thats gotta be our best result
for the season LOL. Thanks heaps to Glen, Steve, Casey and Pam
for keeping the car going and looking awesome.
We are going to enjoy a well earned weekend off from racing
next weekend due to no super saloons on the programme so our
next event may be the NZ Champs in Napier if I can put a suitable
deal together to get there and run.
Cheers ... Flash
States Speedway, Blenheim - Elf Super Cup - 20 February 2016 We made the trip up to Blenheim early to
put 811 on display during the day before heading out to the
Had the pleasure of Graham from X
Factor Cars joining Glen, Casey and I for this trip and
it was hot, hot hot!
The track went slick quickly laying rubber down and a few grooves
in turn 3-4 made that end of the track a little tricky.
Heat 1 was pleased to draw grid 2 but I missed the start and
Kane got away. Only cars to pass were Richie and Burs so pleased
to finish 4th in that company. Heat 2 finished 7th from grid
9 on a track that was basically a one lane affair. According
to a few spectators the racing became a bit boring due to being
somewhat of a procession. Due to the nature of the limited passing
our loss of 2 placings in heat 1 really stiffled any chance
of a good grid for the feature which left us leaving from grid
Was looking forward to this feature cos we had the slick set-up
which should have seen us easily in the top 10. However a big
bingle in turn 3-4 wrecked any chance due to breaking our left
rear suspension including a brand new shock we had just purchased
So ending the night with yet another tow truck ride and not
a lot of points. Gotta find some luck soon I hope.
Thanks heaps to my team for all the efforts and to Graham for
tagging along. A huge thanks also goes to Trish & Noel Noble
for supplying the team accommodation at Aston
Court Motel. Always a great place to stay! plus a shout
out to Daryl Ainsley for supplying a few tyres for 811 too,
thanks heaps Daryl.
Our next meeting is the final round of the Elf
Super Cup next weekend and it's at Woodford Glen so no travelling
See ya's there. Cheers ... Flash
Speedway - SI Super Saloon Champs - 13 February 2016 Was always looking forward to racing
back at Nelson cos it's one of my favourite tracks. Tight, flat
out fast and a real drivers track. Had the privilege of Steve
helping Casey and I with set-ups for the night and supplying
us accommodation thanks heaps :)
This was a two heat deal to determine grids for the 20 lap feature.
Drew grid 4 for the first heat and we held good pace for this
race with only one car making a pass on us after a tap had us
sideways in town bend.
811 was starting second row from the back of grid for heat 2.
Was always gonna be hard work but I stayed on the low line while
most went high. Managed to make many passes including getting
by 2nz Fluffy and 3nz Burs. Was also happy to avoid a back straight
incident and stay out of trouble for the race with the only
car making a pass on us being Burs mid race. This was very pleasing
and even received a comment that it was the best ever drive
they had seen from me in 811. The icing on the cake was that
we had qualified 811 in 3rd= place overall. This put us off
the second row of the grid for the 20 lap feature race for the
South Island Champs. Awesome stuff !!!
This race was always gonna be tough and from the outset it appeared
the boxing gloves had been put on. We became the meat in a sandwich
on the back straight immediately costing us a couple of spots.
From there onwards it was like a "tap to pass rule"
had been instated with 811 nearly spun on a couple of occasions
for a pass to be made on us. This was really dissappointing
cos although Burs took off into the distance, the other cars
were all of more similar speed. Plus any car that forged the
pass on us only took our spot without progressing any futher
up the field. The last of the hits destroyed the left front
suspension on 811 and pushed us up on the back of another car
forcing a dnf :(
Still ... to qualify 811 so well amongst the best of the south
island cars is very encoraging indeed.
Congratulations to Burs on a well deserved win at his home track,
plus Trevor and Kane on the remaining podium places.
Thanks heaps to Richie for the supply of used tyres too, very
Also forgot to thank Shane (ex Cox Racing) for the assistance
at Cromwell last weekend. Feel free to call round home for a
beer any Tues or Thurs evening Shane. You may get a job though
Click the link below for Casey's videos of all races.
Next meeting is the Elf
Super Cup in Blenheim next weekend. Not too much work to
do aye Glen :)
See ya's all there. Cheers ... Flash
Speedway - Waitangi Champs - 6 February 2016 Wanted to give 811 a decent run before
the SI Champs next weekend and where better than Cromwell. Great
hospitality and awesome weather as usual. Thanks to Mike at
the X Factor Racing workshop for housing and washing 811.
After a slightly tentative start we had a good run in the first
heat and came away with fastest lap time. It's great to see
that 811 can still foot it against the local hot-shots but I
just need to get some consistency into my racing. Well it wasn't
to be at this meeting either when I drifted 811 into the marbles
in the second heat while holding a solid 2nd place. Thought
I could power out okay but just got sucked into the wall and
nearly rolled (again). This resulted in another DNF and tow
truck ride plus it tore up a whole bunch more gear, shocks,
arms etc etc.
Replaced everything and ventured out in the third heat to end
up in the concrete yet again dammit. Turns out I hadn't tightened
a track arm bolt which fell out and launched 811 hard into the
turn two wall, tow truck ride required!
I was determined to finish the 25 lap feature so replaced the
front end (again) and ventured onto the track. Was awesome to
be in the same feature race with our great buddy Graham Williamson
in the 21t Mustang too. Well yes we finished the feature but
it turned out the rear end on 811 was also damaged and bent
badly which meant the diff was off-set too far in the car. Just
couldn't race hard as she wouldn't handle so just had to cruise
well off the pace to the checkered flag, dammit again. It seems
that 811 is attracted to the concrete at present but lets hope
we can get the right mojo going next weekend for the SI Champs
Cheers for now ... Flash
Speedway Invercargill - Elf Super Cup & Southland Champs
- 30/31 January 2016 We were looking forward to this weekend
and getting back into X Factor Cars territory plus it's always
awesome to take in the southern hospitality. The weather was
great and caused issues with track prep but we did everything
we could to get 811 at it's best. We purchased a bunch of shocks
from other teams and a huge thanks goes to Ray Stewart for supporting
us by supplying a couple of new tyres too. Very humbling to
see the camaraderie still exists within the class.
We nearly had a full crew with Glen & Casey making the trip
down and meeting up with Steve in Invers. Thanks team for all
the hard work as I couldn't do it without ya's.
The double header weekend was always gonna be tough but the
track conditions made it extremely difficult for the Elf Super
Cup round. Bad rutting right across and around the track saw
the grader working overtime between races. 811 really struggled
in the conditions compared to the big bodied cars. We finished
all heats and finally got or points start but really not as
competitive as we know we can be.
The Riverside team did a great job to sort the track for the
second day but it was dry dry dry and very harsh on tyres. 811
used 6 tyres for the weekend and that appeared to be the same
for many teams which equatted to well over $20,000 gone in tyre
wear alone across the class (OUCH!)
Again we finished all the heats albeit with one riding the concrete
across the finish line which wasn't ideal. Overall result was
9th in the Southland champs but we know 811 is far more capable
than that :)
Gotta thank Scott, Kate & Graham Williamson for putting
us up (or is that putting up with us?) and showing Casey the
Invers nightlife :)
We decided to drop 811 off in Cromwell on the way home so we
can travel back down for next weekends Waitangi Day Champs.
Looking forward to stretching the legs and getting some real
speed up around that wickedly fast track. See ya's there. Cheers
Glen Remembrance Champs - Boxing Day 2015 This was my first meeting back after my
medical event. Was hoping for a trouble free return with the
car and hopefully not much work to do afterwards. How stupid
that thought was!!!
Was running really well in 2nd place behind Richie in the first
heat before being the victim of a three-wide skirmish which
was never going to work. This destroyed our left front suspension
and had us towed infield.
Heat two was also tow truck material after I pushed a little
too hard at the start and brushed the turn one wall causing
more suspension damage dammit!
I was determined to finish a race so put a huge effort into
repairing what little was remaining of the front suspension.
Got out and was running okay albeit with a wounded car and even
made a couple of passes until for no reason the back was torn
off the car by another driver. 811 finished the race but the
excessive damage was really disappointing to say the least.
Certainly hope that the unneccessary contact in this class is
dealt with soon otherwise the situation is just going to get
out of hand.
So there's a heap of work to do before our next meeting which
will be a double header in Invercargill for the Elf Super Cup
and the Southland Champs. Bring it on!!!
Cheers ... Flash
Glen Fireworks Extravaganza - 31 October 2015 We put 811 on display at the Woodford
Glen Shop during the day. We sold our dye
sublimation shirts and gave away lollies etc which all went
However it turned out to be a tough night at on track in more
ways than I could ever imagine.
The format was 3 heats to determine grids for 20 lap feature.
Heat 1 and 811 received major body damage front rear and side
when sandwiched by two cars. Managed to finish but it was all
hands to the pump to get the car bashed into shape again. Thanks
heaps to Dennis Bolt, Natasha Rodgers, Grant Dacombe, Steve
Walls and anyone else I have failed to mention. Heat 2 was more
hard work with ill handling car but scored points. Heat 3 we
bent a track arm but was rewarded with 2nd place behind Richie.
The car is proving to be extremely quick down the straights
however I need to get the suspension tuned better to improve
We were pleased to be gridded 6th overall for the feature and
we were running as good as 4th but then I really started struggling
and dropped back down the field finishing 8th and not feeling
well at all.
I initially thought it was just a fitness/stamina issue but
turns out I was having a heart attack before I even started
The result for me was admittance to hospital and emergency heart
surgery to a clotted artery.
Now people may rubbish our public health system and the food
provided etc but I hold all the surgeons, nurses and aides etc
in very high regard as I received the best treatment. The food
was great (far better than we have at work LOL) and in no time
I was feeling heaps better.
I was home again only a few days after the operation and will
make a full recovery. Now have a rehab plan in place to ensure
we get back to work and also back behind the wheel of 811.
Providing everything goes to plan and the fitness is on target
we should be racing on Boxing day at the Glen. This means we
will miss the first 4 rounds of the Elf
Super Cup but will be there to offer what little support
I can :)
Would like to thank everyone for the calls, texts, messages,
visits etc. It is very humbling and the support is great.
We have a lot of work to do on 811 however I'm not allowed to
do any of it at present. So don't be surprised if I call on
some of my contacts to help out LOL
On track photo credit ... Thanks to Brian Hopping of Mainland
Glen Opening Night - 24 October 2015 Our first race meeting of the season was
at Woodford Glen's trophy challenge. I spent the 3 prior days
sleeping and not eating much due to some virus I picked up so
still wasn't feeling at all well really, even lost 4kg in 3
On the night it was just Casey and I doing all the crew duties
too so it didn't take long before feeeling worn out.
A dozen cars fronted for the opening meeting and the first heat
we left from grid 6 and I instantly had the helmet fog up and
couldn't see a thing. Ended up last dammit after fighting with
trying to clear the visor and avoid hitting anything, Ended
up finishing at the rear, NOT a good start.
Heat 2 and we managed to finish 2nd behind Richie Taylor with
811 showing some serious speed on the straights, just need to
get the drivers headspace around the cornering bit LOL.
The last heat was marred with a couple of crashes and restarts
which we thankfully avoided starting from the rear of the grid.
Finished 6th but after the first heat problem our chance of
an overall podium for the night was gone :( Need to work on
some tyres and mid corner grip now that we have a decent engine.
Gotta thank all our supporters and
hopefully if this is the worst we go then we could be looking
at an awesome season. Somehow I reckon things are gonna a whole
lot tougher yet!
Next weekend is the annual fireworks extravaganza at the Glen
so see ya's there. Cheers ... Flash
Motor Speedway Cromwell - Easter - 3rd & 5th April 2015 Pam & I were invited to stay with
the X Factor
Racing team for easter so off to Cromwell it was. The Central
Motor Speedway Club put on a huge weekend with major events
planned for Sprint Cars, Super Saloons & Saloons. They had
club championships for all classes on the Friday plus the Super
Saloon Stampede on the Sunday. And adding the combined points
for the Super Saloons over both nights made a third event for
us namely the Easter Championships.
Friday was warm and it was a 3 heat plus a feature deal for
us. With only Pam & I on hand to sort any problems I was
tending on the cautious side at least until I got into the drivers
seat LOL. This was the last weekend of racing for 811 for the
season so why take it easy?
Heat 1 and we drew grid 4. The first lap was a bit hairy but
then things settled down and we were very pleased to sneak in
a 2nd place finish behind 3nz Ian Burson. Heat 2 from grid 9
and finish 4th and man was that a fast fast fast race. Started
from grid 4 in the last heat and was very pleased to finish
3rd. This put us starting the feature from grid 3 behind Osborne
and Burs. The first few laps I tried real hard to get up alongside
Ian but just couldn't make it stick. Settled in and finished
3rd which was a great result for the team after a really tough
season. It was fantastic to get a podium result with 3rd overall
in their club champs. The racing was clean, fast and most of
all really enjoyable. No damage too so Pam & I had a relatively
easy night too :)
Sunday we spent the day preparing 811 in the X
Factor Racing workshop alongside Graham Williamson's 21t
Mustang. We were very pleased to have the assistance of a few
of their team to help us out too, thanks heaps guy's. Once at
the track it was time to get the race face on and although I
drew a rear grid for heat 1 this meant 811 would be starting
the second heat from grid 1. Yes ... finally a decent grid draw!
Tonights deal was similar to the Elf Super Cup rounds with two
heats then a top 6 pole shuffle to determine grids for a 20
lap feature. The top three place getters in the feature would
be awarded the Stampede trophies etc.
First heat and we took 811 from grid 12 to finish 7th. Not great
but okay considering the level of competition. Second heat and
I managed to get out to a bit of a lead but with a few laps
to go I started making incar adjustments. This actually slowed
progress and although we won the race it was very nearly thrown
away with a fast catching Paul Wright having to settle for second.
Yes again ... about time we had a race win! Thanks Sabrina for
These results put us second overall behind Burs which was a
great effort. In the pole shuffle however there was no stopping
Darryl Ainsley on his home track. He won every challenge and
took his rocket right through to start on grid 1 leaving us
to settle for a grid 3 start with Burs leaving from grid 2.
Race start and I was plaesed to have a slightly damp surface
with the night getting cooler. So pleased that we managed to
promptly get by both Darryl and Ian then start getting some
real good fast laps in. At lap 12 we had a reasonable lead and
the car felt good, so good that I have rarely felt as confident
and at ease racing especially when in the lead all at the same
time. However that was about to change when along the front
straight the engine just let go and that was it ... race done!
Only needed 8 more laps outta that engine and we would have
not only won the Super Saloon Stampede but also the two day
combined Easter Champs dammit! We ended up 3rd equal overall
with Shane McIntyre but because we couldn't attend the run-off
we ended up 4th. I was even more gutted when I found out the
winner of the feature not only won the Stampede but also received
$1000 for the effort DOH!!! But well done to all the winners
over the weekend. We were stoked to have proven that we can
not only compete alongside but also sometimes beat the best
in the game. I want more LOL. Thanks again Sabrina for this
Gotta thank Kate & Graham Williamson of X
Factor Cars for accommodating us over the weekend, plus
Carrying for getting us to Cromwell. And thanks heaps to
our methanol man who has been awesome all season.
Keep an eye on the workshop page
as we go through the engine strip down and diagnosis. Not looking
forward to that bit at all :( Although we were always stripping
down the engine after this meeting it would have been better
had it not sustained damage or if it had to let go, why couldn't
it have waited till crossing the line on lap 20?